Funny Friday: 17 Pounds of Hamburger and 7 Chickens

Lisa Cherry —  August 26, 2011

By Lisa Cherry

For years I have dreamed of achieving the once a month cooking plan for my family.  Maybe you have heard of the concept of spending one very "hard day" of cooking and freezing the meals so mom can simply thaw and bake her way to culinary freedom.  Always sounded like a dream come true to me.

But how does one find enough storage space to cook for ten people (plus frequent guests), three meals a day, for 31 days?  My conclusion?  We would have to add on.

So since home renovation was not in our immediate plans, I settled for my own version of the once a month cooking dream.  I worked all summer on the project planning, strategizing, and experimenting until I thought we could handle the new vision.

As of this Saturday, I am proud to say...we did it!  We launched my four-page, month-long menu plan complete with a three-ring binder of itemized weekly shopping lists and secretly coded quantity charts.  Posted on the refrigerator as our trusty guide, I have tweaked, adjusted and wrestled the masterpiece into Cherry family submission!

I must humbly confess I could never have achieved such a masterpiece if it were not for my fellow sisters who have gone before me braving a daring path of home efficiency. (Here’s one of my favorites and here’s another.)  To those who have posted before me, I say a heartfelt thanks.  I could never have done it without you, girls!

One month down!!!  And my kids are only dreading two days of the week!  Not bad, eh?

Which days, you might ask?  Mondays...the days we must either cook and debone seven chickens, brown and bag seventeen pounds of hamburger, or bake and freeze fourteen dozen muffins.  And Wednesdays...the day we eat soup.

I figure a few more months at it and I will have even four-year-old Josiah skilled at digging through chicken carcasses,  and two of the other children (who will remain anonymous) will be done asking if they have to eat the broth of their soup as well as the noodles.

I have been hesitant to even report this endeavor lest we couldn't make it through the first month.  But here we are about to go into month two!!!  This is a miracle! The kids are actually excited that I can tell them exactly what we will be having for lunch on February 17, 2012.

Anyone want to check in on us later to see if we hold????

And hey, if you have any time open on Monday, you might want to stop by :) ...and bring your gloves!